Author Archives: Derek @ RED

fat is not the enemy

One of the biggest misconceptions in dieting is that fat is responsible for making you fat. I don’t know where this myth derived from, or how that conclusion came to, but it is absolutely NOT the reason you can’t get in shape. Fats have a variety of essential health benefits and it is very important …

 
no carb diet mistake

Carbohydrates soak up water and sodium. This is why when you first start a no carb diet, you suddenly drop several pounds of water weight in a matter of days. The issue is sodium is an essential component that dictates your body’s electrolyte balance. And if your sodium is out of wack, it will disrupt …

 
how much muscle can you put on

There is 1 thing above all other factors that determines if you can put muscle on at all, how much you can put on and at what rate. It’s not steroids, or training, or sleep…. It’s Food Many people have gotten into the fad of calorie counting for cutting and then don’t understand why they aren’t growing when they’re …

 
Avoid cheating on your diet

Over the past 8 years of training and dieting, I’ve tried countless different methods of suppressing appetite, controlling cravings, and mitigating urges. And there is 1 specific thing I’ve learned that will skyrocket your chances of sticking to your diet and getting ripped. Do Not Buy Food That Isn’t On Your Diet Plan  Many guys who are trying to …

 
what should be in your pre-workout meall

The whole point of a pre-workout meal is to give your body some readily accessible energy to push you through a grueling weight training session. There are a few things this meal must have prior to lifting. Lean Protein Source First, you should have an easily digestible lean protein. One example of this is whey protein powder. One example of …

 
Get visible abs

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to directly train your abs to get an amazing visible 6 pack. In fact, many of the guys I know that have competed at the national level in bodybuilding with the best looking six packs, never directly train their abs. So why is there this misconception about doing crunches to get …

 
Get huge arms

There are a lot of standard exercises that are great for building your arms. There is also a less commonly known one that is outstanding at getting a crazy pump. It is called “21’s.” This is bar-none my favorite bicep finisher exercise. I like to cap off my arm workouts with this exercise to drive as much blood …

 
using apple cider vinegar daily

Adding apple cider vinegar to your daily diet is one of the healthiest things you can do. I’m going to outline exactly what it does for you and why you should use it. Lowers Blood Sugar & Burns More Fat One of the main benefits of apple cider vinegar is its’ potent ability to lower …

 
how to pick a good personal trainer

I’m baffled at how many personal trainers aren’t in shape themselves. I’ll often walk into gyms, look at the personal training staff and notice that less than 50% of them are in shape, and less than 10% have even a slightly above average physique. It often makes me question how they can have a passion for fitness, yet know …

 
can NSAIDs hinder muscle growth

Training hard and heavy, day in and day out, is very taxing on the body. Walking around with aches and pains is not uncommon for bodybuilders or even regular gym goers. Each time you workout, you are literally tearing muscle fiber and it isn’t the most pleasant feeling in the world. There is a definite pain threshold …

 
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